January 4, 2023

Global Evidence on COVID-19 and Family Planning: Evidence Synthesis Two Years into the Pandemic

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This review synthesizes the evidence on family planning amid COVID-19, including access to, demand for, and use of contraception and abortion, more than two years after the onset of the pandemic. A systematic search of the peer-reviewed and grey literature revealed consistencies in the experience of family planning services and users amid COVID-19 across high-, middle-, and low-income geographies, while also shedding light on unique challenges faced by health systems and populations in these diverse contexts. In this report, we outline key findings by geography (high- vs. low- and middle-income countries) and family planning outcome (contraception vs. abortion) to reflect on and learn from COVID-19’s impact on essential reproductive health services.